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African Startups to Play a Critical Role in Taking the Planet ‘from Tragedy to Triumph’ …But where will the funding come from?

This week, the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) got underway in Glasgow, turning the world’s attention to the global climate crisis and the solutions needed to address this. But many solutions already exist… in Africa. “Whilst we are delighted that nearly 500 global financial firms have agreed to align $130 trillion – 40% of the […]

Draper Startup House expands to Africa with a new location in Morocco

Casablanca, Morocco, 1st November 2021. — Draper Startup House has opened its first location in Morocco, partnering with KOWORK Anfa Place in Casablanca. With the launch, Draper Startup House expands its presence into Africa in a year when tech startups in the continent raised a record-breaking $1.1 billion through the first eight months of the […]

SA Startup Act Meets With The President

This week, the Presidential Office held a special meeting with individuals from various organisations that are invested in the growth and support of local entrepreneurs and businesses to discuss what is needed to eliminate the red tape obstructing the growth of small and medium enterprises. Among them were representatives from the South African Startup Act […]

Nigerian Fintech, Brass, Secures $1.7mn Financing Round “to bet on African SMEs”

“Africa’s new bank for startups and SMEs” to expand to South Africa & Kenya following funding Brass, a Nigerian digital bank delivering easy access to affordable premium banking services for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), has today secured $1.7mn in funding to address the heavily underserved banking needs of local entrepreneurs, traders and fast-growing businesses. […]

Creating inclusive workplaces to boost mental health

Zama Zaca, Head of New Business at Tetris South Africa, shares some design tips on how to make workspaces more inclusive and improve employee mental wellness of employees. Mental health has been in the spotlight recently, with people under strain from the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and top athletes opening up about their mental health struggles […]

The rise of African tech unicorns

African unicorns have made big news in recent months, with four startups having recently reached a $1 billion valuation or more this year alone, taking the total up to seven. Two of the new entrants are in fintech, one in edtech, and one in general technology. These and other technology-enabled sectors are where emerging market […]

FSD Africa backs fintech pioneer to build a new platform aimed at increasing access to carbon markets

FSD Africa, the UK Government’s flagship financial sector programme in Africa, is making an initial investment (£650,000) in a highly innovative digital solution connecting carbon credits from small-scale green projects across the global south to international buyers. The investment will deliver funding through the test phase of the solution being developed by Nick Hughes, who […]

Peach Payments expands into Mauritius, serves as key event sponsor at Africa FinTech Festival

Peach Payments is pleased to announce that it has set up an office in Mauritius recently in pursuit of its pan-African expansion strategy. As a FinTech start-up that was set up in South Africa in 2012 and expanded into Kenya in 2018, the company is set to make a significant contribution to the pan-African FinTech landscape […]

Africa: tax implications of digital transformation in the consumer goods and retail sector

By Jana Botha, Tax Consultant, and Prenisha Govender, Associate, Tax Practice, Baker McKenzie Johannesburg The pandemic-fuelled growth of the digital economy and unabated demand for online retail products across Africa have led to extensive disruption in the Consumer Goods and Retail Sector (CG&R) sector. Due to a growth in demand for online retail, CG&R companies […]

TLcom Announces 3rd Africa Tech Female Founder Summit

Julia Gillard, Former Prime Minister of Australia & Chair of Andela, announced as keynote speaker  TLcom Capital, the Africa-focussed venture capital firm, has officially announced the launch of the 2021 Africa Tech Female Founder Summit, which will be held virtually on Wednesday 13th October 2021. The keynote session is headlined by Julia Gillard, former Prime […]

The 5th edition of EMERGING Valley will be held on December 13 and 14, 2021 at the Palais du Pharo in Marseille and online for an unprecedented event with the most influential African Tech stakeholders

The EMERGING Valley international summit, an unmissable annual meeting for African and European Tech stakeholders, is aimed at entrepreneurial ecosystems and organic innovation in Africa, the Mediterranean and Europe. Startups, public decision-makers, large groups, investors, tech hubs, and public and private international institutions from over 70 countries, will come together in Marseille to present the disruptive […]

The Future Is African: Ten startups prove their place on the world stage

It was all systems go at the inaugural Demo Day for the Telecel Group Africa Startup Initiative Program (ASIP), powered by leading tech accelerator, Startupbootcamp (SBC) AfriTech. For the top ten startups selected from a pool of over 2,200 applications, it represented the culmination of three months of hard work, great effort, and the promise of a bigger future. […]

Sustainable Investment Opportunity for Future-fit African Startups Last chance to enter the Global Startup Awards Africa to qualify for the GIIG Africa Fund

While 2020 was a record year for investment into the African tech startup ecosystem, with more startups raising more money from more investors than ever before[i]- critics and commentators alike have often claimed that Silicon Valley-style investment frameworks are ill-suited to the continent’s diversity and nuanced need for funding. With investment into African startups considered […]

Startup Genome, City of Cape Town, WESGRO and Silicon Cape Publish 2021 Global Startup Ecosystem Report

Cape Town is featured in the world’s preeminent report on advancing startup ecosystems – ranking as the #1 African Ecosystem in Knowledge The 2021 Global Startup Ecosystem Report (GSER) by Startup Genome and the Global Entrepreneurship Network was launched today at London Tech Week. The GSER is the world’s most comprehensive and widely read research on startups […]

Inaugural Telecel ASIP Accelerator Demo Day powered by Startupbootcamp AfriTech to be held in Dakar

All roads lead to Dakar, Senegal this month for the first cohort of the Telecel Group Africa Startup Initiative Program (ASIP) Accelerator Demo Day. After a grueling three months of pivots and business development facilitated by leading tech accelerator, Startupbootcamp Afritech, the Top 11 startups will showcase their work to a live audience on 30 September 2021. Taking […]

The Annual Investment Meeting Startup Pillar to Empower Startups Globally

The Annual Investment Meeting 2022 will focus on SMEs and Startups by offering funding and financing opportunities and strategies to maximize the growth potential of businesses. The world’s renowned and leading investment platform, The Annual Investment Meeting will be held on 29 – 31 March 2022, under the theme “Investments in Sustainable Innovation for a […]

First of Its Kind Fund Launches to Fuel Sustainable Development Goal-Driven Innovation in Africa

Focussed on catalysing dramatic change via disruptive tech investments in emerging markets, the Global Innovation Initiative Group (GIIG), has today announced the launch of a unique profit and purpose fund aimed at investing in early-stage tech innovation startups across Africa. The GIIG Africa Fund, a Curaçao-based private investment fund, will invest annually in the winners pool […]

SA’s Proposed Startup Act Soon to be Revealed

On Thursday, 16 September 2021, startup ecosystem stakeholders will be unveiling the latest findings and plans towards the development of a proposed South African Startup Act – a call to the President to unleash the growth and innovation inherent in the country’s entrepreneurs and youth. These findings, gathered over the past six months via desktop research, focus […]

Innovative Ideas for a Smart Stellenbosch: Nominations open for the second annual #IdeasForChange Challenge

With steady population growth and rapid urbanisation in the Cape Winelands expected to put severe pressure on the district’s public services[i], Stellenbosch Network has opened nominations for its second annual #IdeasForChange Challenge. In doing so, the organisation invites all people living, working or studying in Stellenbosch and surrounds to submit their innovative ideas towards making Stellenbosch a […]

LG Announces Global Startup Competition To Recruit New Businesses For Innovation Center

‘Mission for the Future’ Challenge Seeks Innovations that Improve Quality of Life LG Electronics (LG) announces the launch of Mission for the Future, a global challenge competition for startups to identify innovative technologies and business ideas that pave the way to the future. This inaugural competition is hosted by the company’s new Silicon Valley-based innovation […]

Fintech Startup SOL announces rebrand with exciting new virtual card offering

SOL unveils virtual card and new brand as it redefines the customer experience SOLmate, an online payment platform that offers clients a digital wallet facility, has unveiled an exciting new product offering together with an extensive rebrand and renewed corporate vision. Following a name change to SOLmate, the fintech has launched a new, innovative virtual card […]

Generational Marketing: How to ensure your brand lands with the right audience

Did you know that, contrary to what one might think, older age groups are the fastest-growing segments of many social media platforms’ audiences[1]? Facebook, for example, saw users above the age of 65 increase by roughly 25% over the past year[2], while those aged 50 plus represent Snapchat’s fastest-growing audience segment[3]. “When brands decide that […]